ripple effect

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An analogy to the spreading ripples on a body of water after an object has struck the surface.

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ripple effect (plural ripple effects)

  1. The circumstance in which one event instigates an expansive set of other events.
    Defaults in America's mortgage lending businesses are causing a ripple effect through the major banks in other continents.

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